I developed an interest in drawing early on. Always wanted to paint, but had little access to the materials while growing up. Mostly just did color pencil sketching on computer paper. Received encouragement from family and peers, built up some unrealistic hope, and went to town with it. I finally started to learn about painting in 1998, at college. It really changed my creative thought process….as did my peers, who treated painting as a lifestyle, and encouraged me to push my work further. Then I was opened up to art history. It was inspiring, humbling and overwhelming. I eventually began keeping sketchbooks/journals to organize my thoughts, and interpret them visually. I’m still working things out, and hope to continue doing so for a long time.
I gather inspiration mostly from current events, rare bits of social interaction, childhood memories, food, and music. I’m also a sucker for pretty packaging.
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